Tailgating refers to the practice of driving too closely behind another vehicle on the road. Typically, tailgating occurs when one driver is following another driver too closely and not leaving a sufficient amount of space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. This can be dangerous, as it increases the risk of a rear-end collision if the driver in front has to brake suddenly or make a sudden stop.
In Texas, tailgating is considered a traffic violation and can result in a fine. Texas Transportation Code Section 545.062 prohibits drivers from following another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, given the speed of the vehicles, the traffic on the road, and the conditions of the roadway. Tailgating can be dangerous and increase the risk of accidents, especially in high-speed or heavy traffic situations. It is important for drivers to maintain a safe following distance to avoid collisions and keep themselves and others safe on the road.
Tailgating and Personal Injury Cases
Tailgating can be a factor in personal injury law cases when it contributes to a car accident or other incident that causes injury or damages. In a personal injury case, the injured party must establish that the other driver was negligent and that their negligence caused the injury or damages.
If tailgating was a contributing factor to the accident, the injured party may be able to demonstrate that the other driver breached their duty of care by following too closely, and that this breach of duty caused the accident and resulting injuries. The injured party must also demonstrate that they suffered damages as a result of the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
In some cases, tailgating may be a form of aggressive driving or road rage, which could further support a claim for damages in a personal injury case. If the other driver was engaging in aggressive driving behavior, this could be used to demonstrate that they acted recklessly or negligently and therefore should be held liable for any damages caused.
Overall, tailgating can be a serious driving violation and can have significant legal consequences if it leads to an accident or injury. If you have been injured in a car accident and believe that tailgating may have been a contributing factor, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation for your damages.